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Fabio007
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re: Kidnapped engineers enslaved by drug cartels
Fabio007   11/5/2012 6:59:16 AM
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This problem needs a radical, holistic approach, a solution that creates a new paradigm. More of the same simply means an "arms race" as each side tries to gain an advantage over the other - and kidnapping engineers is just one step in that process. Next will be the kidnapping (or bribing) of personnel from high-tech military and intelligence facilities. The solution: legalise drugs. Prohibition doesn't work. The debate is over, the only question remaining is the details. http://www.forbes.com/sites/artcarden/2012/04/19/lets-be-blunt-its-time-to-end-the-drug-war/ http://www.legalisedrugs.co.uk/results.html http://www.news.com.au/national-old/its-over-weve-lost-drugs-war-report-says/story-e6frfkvr-1226316949594 http://www.urban75.com/Drugs/drugten.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/drug-legalization-pros-cons-drug-war_n_1834417.html

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resistion   11/4/2012 1:22:59 AM
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So sad, these engineers can't be expected to be released. So now studying communications engineering is a dangerous career path in Mexico.

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osm3000   11/3/2012 7:00:59 PM
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Engineers are always very valuable. I actually don't see it weird that drug lords kidnap them, although this is indeed frightening. But what really puzzles me is that why doesn't the Mexican government recruits engineers and fight back ? I'm sure that the day of using just a police and guns have gone. There's a need for more sophisticated fight techniques I guess.

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seaEE   11/3/2012 1:16:19 AM
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There seems to be a lot of corruption in Mexico extending up through the police force and into the government. That may be why the "despite the best efforts of the Mexican government to shut it down" doesn't seem to be working.

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SylvieBarak   11/2/2012 11:54:21 PM
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Yeah, the Zetas don't seem like the socially responsible kind... why pay your pension when they could just off you and dump you by the side of the road?

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TanjB   11/2/2012 11:33:04 PM
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Check out Freakonomics. The drug industry pays most of its workers less than Macdonald's. It takes CEO compensation to the limit: all for him, a bullet for everyone else.

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EREBUS0   11/2/2012 8:24:06 PM
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If they offered a cut of the take and a 401K, they could probably recruit good talent rather than kidnap them. Just a thought.

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SylvieBarak   11/2/2012 3:22:38 PM
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Whatever was the case with the ancient Egyptians... I reckon they were probably better employers than the Zetas.... It is indeed super frightening, Dylan. I wonder if the Mexican government could start recruiting engineers itself, to fight fire with fire, so to speak?

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mcgrathdylan   11/2/2012 2:22:30 PM
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Yeah, I think there is some debate on that. But either way, this thing with the Mexican cartels is very frightening, to say the least.

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mac_droz   11/2/2012 12:27:34 PM
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As far as I recall (from one of the latest Discovery Channel programs) the pyramids were actually not build by slaves but quite well paid and well trained craftsmen.

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